Fuller's Past Masters 1891 XX Strong Ale

 
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Formerly brewed at Fuller's
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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The first beer in the Past Masters series we have chosen to recreate is XX, a strong ale which is perfect for bottle conditioning. Brewed at 7.5% ABV, with the original recipe first used on September 2, 1891, it is dark, rich and full flavoured, with a distinctly warming character. XX is deeply satisfying, and an unforgettable experience for those who love traditional English beer. Fuller’s Past Masters XX Strong Ale will be available in 500ml bottles from the Fuller’s Brewery Shop and in selected Fuller’s pubs. You can also buy Past Masters online.

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3.6
Holmen1 (6123) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2012
Fra flaske på DØE festivalen 2011: Deilig aroma av engelske humler med bl.a. gress og kanel. Mørk gylden farge og deilig smak av humler og litt karamell. Hurra for de som holder tradisjonene i hevd!

3.6
martinrumsam (565) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle pours amber with off white head. Aroma malty bready Taste is sweetish malty caramel with a light hop bitterness running through. Very warming but alcohol is well contained medium body. Decent English ale

3.3
Lambister (520) - FINLAND - OCT 20, 2012
50cl bottle. Alcoholic nose, otherwise neutral. Hazy copper color. Balanced taste but leaves somewhat empty.

3.3
k0mpsa (3019) - Tuusula, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2012
50cl bottle. Hazy copper color with white head. Aroma of hops and little whiskey maybe, oak. Little malty taste, good body, hops. Basic, nothing impressing.

3.9
TimE (5997) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2012
trong fuggles, earthy, woody, strong moderate bitterness, extreme balance. Very well put together alcohol. So much like I would want a English Strong ale to be. Superb

3.7
KyotoLefty (10523) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle. Nice English hop nose, grassy, cinnamon, nuts. Deep amber color. Nicely hoppy flavor, tangy, caramel. Nice stuff, really hits the spot.

3.8
jonno (2844) - JAPAN - SEP 15, 2012
Really liked this - leafy,grassy citrussy hops run wildly over a heavy toffee malt body, but well integrated and cohesive. One of the beers that just feels right with a long ragged citrus finish. Gets a bit dull as it warms, but the impression is already one of deep admiration for a fine product.

3.8
Beerheart65 (1503) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2012
Aroma has sweet malt, dark bread, light hoppiness. Mahogany hazy, beige medium long head. Taste is slightly sweet, just bit bitterness. Finish is bit dry. Medium body, soft bit light feel. Quite malty and thus bit one-sided also. Keeping traditions alive is appreciated by me. ok.

3.7
Gr0ve (2176) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2012
500 ml bottle. Sparkling amber colour. Small white head. Mellow malty aromas. Sugary caramel flavours. Soft carbonation level. Earthy hops. Slightly metallic, but nicely balanced. Enjoyable.

3.8
Theydon_Bois (20143) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a snifter glass (Apr ’12) to a light copper brown colour with a very small white head. The head vanished without trace in a minute or two leaving but a few bubbles atop the beer! The nose is all about dried/matured fruits. Dates, figs, sultanas maybe a little almond in there? A sweet alcohol aroma is present but in no way excessive! Also a lingering toffee/caramel note. The taste runs fairly parallel with the nose in the dried fruit scenario. A sweet malty flavour also comes into play allied to some subtle hopping and a little caramel. Mouthfeel - this beer is a little over carbonated for my liking with a good medium body. Overall a good strong ale from Fullers, well balanced in terms of flavour and strength, no real sense of 7.5% when drinking. It is just let down a little by the carbonation in my opinion.


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